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his support for drones and the targeted killings of u.s. citizens. >> people that were standing up here today, i think they really have a misunderstanding of what we do as a government and the care we take, and the agony we go through to make sure we do not have any collateral injuries or deaths. >> 8 codepink protesters are arrested. we will speak with the group's founder who after returning from pakistan to protest drones, personally went to the house of john brennan, not on the door. he invited her in. we will find out what they talked about. you also speak with jeremy scahill, author of the forthcoming book and movied andirty wars," and melvin goodman, author of, "national insecurity: the cost of american militarism." all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. john brennan, president of and is picked to head the cia, defended the administration's controversial counterterrorism policies during his senate confirmation hearing thursday. he attempted to justify the administration's use of drone strikes, and
bahrain, or the u.s.-backed monarchy continues to crack down on pro- democracy activists. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. republican senator lindsey graham has revealed he says the death toll in u.s. drone war overseas. at a speech in south carolina wednesday night, he said -- his comments mark the first time a u.s. official has offered a figure for those killed in nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes abroad. the 4700 figure matches the high end of an estimate by the bureau of investigative journalism, which extensively has covered the strikes. the news comes as the obama administration continues to stonewall members of congress on fully releasing the justice department memos explaining the legal rationale for targeted killings overseas. the white house agreed to a least partially disclose the memos earlier this month after a senate uproar amid the conformation hearings for cia nominee john brennan. but the new york times reports the administration has adopted a strategy of continuing to de
a decade, the u.s. military establishment has treated cyberspace as a domain of conflict, where it would need the capability to fend off attack or launch its own. that time is here, because someone sabotaged a top secret nuclear installation in iran with nothing more than a long string of computer code. >> we have entered into a new phase of conflict in which we use a cyberweapon to create physical destruction. [ticking] >> viktor bout, in my eyes, is one of the most dangerous men on the face of the earth. >> on the face of the earth? >> without a doubt. >> which is why the u.s. government launched an elaborate international sting to nab viktor bout. what makes bout so dangerous? and how did d.e.a. agents eventually grab him? the answers in our story later. [ticking] this is what espionage looks like. the man driving the car is gregg bergersen. he's a civilian analyst at the pentagon with one of the nation's highest security clearances. his companion is tai shen kuo, a spy for the people's republic of china. bergersen knew a secret that the chinese desperately wanted to know, and neither
cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we
in the face of increased hostility from the u.s. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. north korea is drawing global condemnation for a new underground nuclear test. the north korean government confirmed the test after seismic activity of 4.9 magnitude was picked up in the korean peninsula. north korea had vowed to conduct rocket launches and a u.s.-and declared test after the u.n. security council resolution tightened sanctions in response to rocket launch two months ago. in a statement, u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon condemned the test, calling it "deplorable" and "a clear and grave violation." the security council is holding an emergency session on north korea later today. two men have been charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl struck by random gunfire just days after performing at president obama's inauguration. hadiya pendleton had recently returned from washington, where she performed with her school marching band during the inaugural festivities. she was laid to rest saturday at a f
in a terrorist attack at the u.s. embassy in turkey. a homicide bomber setting off the blast in front of that facility today killing a turkish guard. several injuries also reported in the explosion. the u.s. state department says it is working with turkish police to investigate the attack. it is also warning american citizens in turkey to avoid high-risk areas and to remain alert. the story still developing right now. much course we will continue to keep an eye on it, bring you the latest coming up in a live report. and right now, brand-new stories, and breaking news. jenna: the hostage crisis involving a five-year-old boy being held in an underground bunker now entering its third day. we'll speak with a former f.b.i. profiler about that tense situation. what do you do now? we'll talk about it. also new job numbers from washington. our unemployment picture is thrown into reverse a little bit. we'll break down the today the a tell you what it means for your wallet and the economy. and for some the super bowl is nothing but filler between those often-times hysterical commercials. jon: l
. six weeks later, the u.s. attack. the wmd's were never found. today we'll speak with media analyst norman solomon and colorado lawrence wilkerson, "with liberty and justice for some: how the law is used to destroy equality and protect the powerful." 's former chief of staff. >> i have admitted to this a number of times publicly and privately, was the person who put together colin powell's presentation on february, five, 2003. probably the biggest mistake of my life. >> u.s. lawmakers are threatening to cut funding to brooklyn college, this will host a forum to mourn at about the palestinian led campaign to boycott and divest from israel. >> extreme radicals, as i said, basically what the state of israel to disappear from the face of the earth. i have a problem with that. they are sponsoring this event. they're supporting ms. event. that is the issue. that is absolutely outrageous. >> we will be joined by one of the speakers at the brooklyn college event, omar barghouti. also, glenn greenwald. another campaign, this went over climate change. students at over 200 campuses are pushing
. testified about the attack thon u.s. consulate in benghazi, libarch that killed ambassador stevens and three other americans. the pentagon never received the request from the state academy for security, and did not have the resources to get support on the ground in time to thwart the attackers. leon panetta is stepping down. this hearing is four hours and 15 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning, everybody. today the committee welcomes secretary of defense, leon panetta, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. to testify about the department of defense's response the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya, last year. and the findings of its internal review following that attack, including lessons learned from benghazi. we will be receiving testimony next tuesday morning on the impact of sequestration and/or a full-year continuing resolution on the department of defense witnesses. there will be department secretary of defense, the comp driller and the joint chiefs of staff. i hope
on book tv computer andres talks about a long history of smuggling in the u.s., which prior to the revolutionary war was driven by a desire to grow domestic industries and bypass paying import taxes to the british. it is about an hour and a half. >> good afternoon and welcome to the watson institute for international studies. the discussion of peter and raises new book, smuggler nation, hal illicit trade made america. housekeeping, i have to mention some things. the way we're going to run this is as follows. i will do a brief and perfunctory introduction. and peter is going to get up and talk briefly about the book is obviously most of you have not read the book. this will become a stanley one-way conversation. after this will invite richard and james to say their piece on the book, and hopefully we can get stuck into a good discussion of smuggler nation and its aspects. at that point, we will open it up for q&a. you will see it is one fix microphone, and another mobile microphone for this side of the house. if you wish to join the q&a, please, if you're on this side get up
. american airlines and u.s. airways agreeing to a merger, they would become the world's biggest airline. >> in south africa, an olympic sprinter and double amputee has been arrested in the shooting death of a woman. good morning, washington. it's thursday, february 14. i am scott thuman. >> i am cynne simpson. let's get to meteorologist jacqui jeras on this valentine's day. >> happy valentine's day, everybody. we got an inch of snow or less across the area. just a trace at reagan national. i cannot even see anything on the grass. germantown had an inch as well as winchester. just shy of an inch in wgaithersburg. most of its stock to the grassy areas. temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. watch for slick spots on the roadways this morning especially if they are elevated. 35 degrees at reagan national. a beautiful day to look forward to. lots of sunshine with a high around 49 degrees. a big cooldown for the weekend. the seven-day forecast is minutes away. first, jamee? >> i needed to scrape my window. so little extra time is needed for that. watch for slick spots especially brid
from right here in the u.s.a. this man set up a trading company in philadelphia. you are charged with trying to buy a centrifuge that could be used to make biological weapons, like anthrax. >> yes. that's what they say. >> do you know how much money you have? >> no. >> i mean, does 17 billion sound about right? he is the richest man in russia who just bought the worst team in the nba. but as you'll see, he's not like any other owner of a big time american sports franchise. he's an adrenaline junkie with a few unusual toys. >> see? [gun clicking] >> and he owes some of his fame and fortune to a bevy of party girls. >> frankly speaking, i like women. >> coal has made jim rogers and his company rich, and that's why we were surprised to hear what this power baron has to say about what coal does to the environment. you know, there are a lot of people, many of them in your industry, many people that you probably know, who say that global warming is not a big problem. >> it's my judgment it is a problem. we need to go to work on it now. and it's critical that we start to act in this cou
the committee of any changes that have been made or are being proposed to the posture of u.s. forces overseas to respond to similar terrorist attacks in the future that we sought in benghazi. anything that will affect the dod and installations overseas. they released a timeline of its response to the assaults of september 11th and 12th and including on the deployment of various forces based in the united states or overseas. a copy of this timeline is in front of us. i think we will each have it and it will be included in the record. according to the timeline, the temporary mission facility, the department of defense's first reaction was to react on a mission of libya to provide better awareness of the events of the events in benghazi. there were a series of meetings in the pentagon for expanding the department of defense's response as well as to prepare for the potential outbreak of further violence throughout the region. during these meetings, secretary panetta authorized a number of deployments. i hope that secretary panetta and the chairman will provide the committee with detail on the cir
the u.s. credit rating. it caused political embarrassment. could there be some level of retribution? >> reporter: that's what a lot of people are saying. this is political payback. you downgrade us in 2011. it was bad news for america and the obama administration. now we are going to sue you. this lawsuit implies that all of the blame for the crash should go to wall street, whether it's bankers, brokers, insurance companies, you are to blame, not any blame attaching to politicians. gregg: these credit-backed securities and all kinds of investments that were bundled together, they were hard to discern. that will be s & p's defense. we didn't know and neither did anyone else. martha: we are learning the tour bus involved in that horrific accident over the weekend had a history of maintenance problems. according to federal records the bus failed multiple inspects. as recently as october this bus was slapped with 8 violations. a horrific scene that napped this accident. 7 people were killed, dozens injured. >> reporter: people were screaming as the bus driver lost control saying i'm goi
. tonight, droning americans. the once secret government documents that lays out when it is okay for the u.s. government to kill american citizens. plus, a woman accusing an ex-boyfriend in a last-ditch effort to win over the jury admits she did it. >> did you kill travis alexander? >> yes, i did. >> shepard: stabbed him, shot him, slashed his throat, she admits it all but she says she had a very good reason. plus, world class skier lindsey vaughn badly hurt in a big crash, air lifted right off the mountain. now, questions about whether organizers should have ever allowed this race to go forward. and, the whale that picked a bad spot to surface. >> oh my -- >> shepard: coming up, close encounter in a canoe. but first from fox this tuesday night, stories of sex, lies and the lover's bloody death. tonight, the defendant in a high profile murder trial in phoenix again testified in her own defense. her name is jody areas. she admits now she killed her ex-boyfriend stabbed him and slashed him over and over, shot him in the head and for good measure cut his throat from ear to ear. that was all bac
for the increase. however, some analysts predict 2013 will be less brutal than 2012 when the average u.s. household spent nearly $3,000 on gas. >>> thanks to a daring fbi rescue, a little boy who spent the last week as the hostage of an alleged murderer is safe and sound this morning. >> i've been to the hospital. i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. the things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. >> police say the boy's kidnapper 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. however, details about the raid are still unclear at the moment as law enforcement officials begin what they say will be a thorough and labor-intensive investigation. nbc's kurt gregory has more. >> reporter: relief in the small community of midland city, alabama, following the dramatic rescue of a 5-year-old boy held captive for seven days in an underground bunker. late monday afternoon that the tightly-knit community had anxiously been awaiting to hear. >> at approximately 3:12 this afternoon, fbi agents safely recovered the child who's been held hostage for n
from a newly declassified document that seems to provide legal rationale for the government to target u.s. abroad suspected of being terrorists without due process. this is an out growth of legislation from 9/11 and now there's an outcry from capitol hill and elsewhere that it goes too far. the white house is vigorously defending a justice department memo which says the administration can use drones to attack and kill american citizens working with terrorists. >> these strikes are legal. they're ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: the memo originally obtained by nbc news says killing a u.s. citizen who's a senior in al qaeda is lawful under three conditions. the suspect is to kill americans. it's not possible to capture him before the attack and it follows law and war principles but some on chile will concerned that it violates the constitutional right of american suspects to a trial by jury and on tuesday the white house press corps pushed obama on the issue. >> this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial. >> i would point you to the ample judi
milestone for the u.s. military in afghanistan. for the first time since 2007, more than 30 days has passed with no american military deaths. >> meanwhile just eight days away from the automatic and dramatic budget cuts known as the sequester. >> how can there be cuts to the military. >> on our civilians, it will be catastrophic. >>> lance armstrong is refusing to reveal what he knows about doping. the cyclist will not be interviewed under oath. >>> they could become the latest high-tech craze. >> the new google glasses that allow you to snap photos with the blink of an eye. >>> this survivor dug out of the snow after an avalanche in colorado. >>> all that -- >> the second obama term is starting out with bangor two. >> michelle obama's formal portrait. >> a former senator now admitting he had a secret love child with the daughter of another former senator. >> when did the senate become "the jerry springer show?" when did that happen? >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> a woman called 911 because she needed cigarettes. >> hello. i need some cigarettes. >> you don't see me calling 911 because i r
it through. >> on the floor of the u.s. senate thursday, a first step in what could be a stand off of former senator chuck hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of defense. >> on this vote the yays are 58. the nays are 40. >> confirmation remains in question. >> taken policy positions that i believe call into question the quality of his professional judgment on issues critical to national defense. >> senator john mccain and lindsay gram say they are opposing hagel about israel and troop surges in iraq which are at odds to u.s. policy. >> it was unnerving some of the things that came out of that hearing. created more questions and doubts than confidence. >> hagel, the former will you be pick an senator declined for appear to struggle in explaining decisions. >> we're right? >> i would defer in your judgment to sort that out. >> the committee deserves your judgment. >> republicans have sought to link confirmation to continued questions over the benghazi attack. white house responded to questions in a letter today while democrats tried to be opponents. >> we got a car going on in afghanis
laws. in fact, the u.s. attorney's office for the northern district of illinois, only 25 federal firearms cases were brought to that office in 2011. only 1% of the people, 62 out of over 4000 were denied guns based on background checks are prosecuted for illegally attempting to acquire firearms. that is too low of a rate. see what can be done by enforcing the law on the books before enforcing new ones. we will legislate in an area that deals with the issue of reporting to the database for the people who are not in there now. make sure that we deal with the mental health issues that are involved with the tragedies that we are talking about today and a lot of other tragedies that have happened. thank you. >> thank you, senator. will the witnesses please stand? affirm the oath as i complete the reading. do you affirm that the testimony you are about to give before the committee will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you god? >> i do. >> thank you. i will introduce the two witnesses from this panel. the first is john walsh, u.s. attorney. he has served
electric power on the u.s. east cost, maybe the west coast, and attempt to cause a cascading effect. all of those things are in the art of the possible from a sophisticated attacker. >> do you believe our adversaries have the capability of bringing down a power grid? >> i do. >> is the u.s. prepared for such an attack? >> no, the united states is not prepared for such an attack. >> it's now clear this cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation. >> four months after taking office, president obama made those concerns part of our national defense policy, declaring the country's digital infrastructure a strategic asset, and confirming that cyber warfare had moved beyond theory. >> we know that cyber intruders have probed our electrical grid, and that in other countries cyber attacks have plunged entire cities into darkness. >> president obama didn't say which country had been plunged into darkness, but a half a dozen sources in the military, intelligence, and private security communities have told us the president was referring to br
leaders. she said the number of people arrested trying to enter the u.s. illegally dropped to a 40-year low. >> we've matched our successes at the border with smart, effective immigration enforcement with a focus on identifying and removing criminal aliens and other public safety threats. >> president obama will meet with business and labor leaders today hoping to convince them immigration reform will be good for the economy. >>> almost five months after the tragedy at a u.s. consulate that killed americans in benghazi libya, the senate voted to improve security at u.s. embassies overseas the measure heads to the house. [ applause ] >>> monday was john kerry's first day on the job as secretary of state. he joked about his predecessor, hillary clinton, saying he had big heels to fill. >>> public records indicate superdome officials were worried about a possible blackout months before the super bowl. officials still aren't sure what caused the 34-minute blackout. according to the "new orleans times picayune," they're looking at equipment that controls the flow of electric
to become at the next u.s. defense secretary. the question was expected to be tough but he appeared uncomfortable, even unprepared. the most heated exchange of the day came from a former close friend, senator john mccain who grilled hagel on opposing the 2007 u.s. troop surge in iraq. >> wiere you correct or incorret when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or incorrect? yes or no? >> my reference to -- >> are you going to answer the question, senator hagel? the question is, were you right or wrong. that's a pretty straight forward question. >> well, i -- >> i would like the answer whether you're right or wrong and then you're free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> well, let the record show you refuse to answer that question. please go ahead. >> well, if you would like me to explain why -- >> actually, i would like an answer, yes or no? >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. it's far more complicated than that. my answer is i'll defer that judgment to
the u.s. and his country. you can see that live at 4:00 p.m. eastern. it will be on our companion network, c-span. we continue the prime time booktv programing later tonight looking at civil rights move. wed look at authors, mary francis berry and taylor brand. that will be. on c-span 3 tonight at same time, american history focusing on american artifact. we have smithsonian curator, eleanor jones harvey. she will talk about photographs and paintings from the civil war. all that here on the c-span networks. >> okay. folks. okay. we're going to get the second keynote speaker started here while you're enjoying your lunch. but first i would like to thank our gold sponsors for supporting us today. they are centurylink government, blue coat federal, hewlett-packard, info blocks, juner per networks, lockheed martin, net app, palo alto networks, red hat, red seal networks, taurus advanced, enterprise solutions and verizon. special thanks to those. as we enjoy our lunch i will introduce miss tina kune. vice president of northrop grumman and one of our diamond response source for today's -
of these agenda items through. >> every bit of it. >>> a u.s. senator's travel habits are under fire right now and may land him in serious legal trouble. we have the document showing that senator bob menendez, did not, as requested, to report that he accepted free plane trips. >>> and the fall of a man who was once the most catholic leaders in the united states. it's chevy truck month! silverado was also recognized for the lowest cost of ownership. hey, what are you gonna do with it? end table. oh. [ male announcer ] it's chevy truck month. now get 0% financing for 60 months, plus trade up to get $1,750 total allowance on a silverado all-star edition. or trade up and choose customer cash plus option package discount for a total value of $7,250. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ male announcer ] just like you, business p
," the u.s. is going to sue s&p for the ratings on these loans. what's going on there? can americans get money from that? >> it's unclear. it sounds as if the u.s. does win, is successful, there would likely be some compensation or some monetary award. >> explain this quickly. they're suing s&p for giving high ratings, high marks to these companies that were on shaky ground, to say the least. >> they're suing -- they're likely going to sue, according to the story of s&p, because s&p rated certain securities and certain packages of things that these financial firms had, gave them high ratings. >> gave the federal's actual instrume instruments the high ratings. >> didn't deserve those ratings. as a result, companies either kept them on their books and they went out and tried to sell them. >> so the justice department is going to sue s&p, going to get all this money, this pot of money -- >> you're jumping two or three sets ahead. that's their hope. >> who will get the money at the end? >> from the stories, i can't tell, likely go to the government and the government would disperse some of t
a handful of clients. >> facebook and the bank says nothing about its process was illegal. >> u.s. airways and american airlines seal the $11 billion deal to create the world's largest airline. the new carrier will keep the american airlines name. it will run by u.s. airways ceo of douglas parker. while american airlines ceo tom horton will become chairman. the deal has been in the works and all the creditors forced american airlines to consider a merger. the merger of american u.s. airways will be slightly bigger the united airlines and it reduces the number of major u.s. airlines to 4. >> this year, gross cost of launching a cookie finder app to help connect scout cookie mongering customers. the app allows users to find out when and where a local group is having a sale, and then create calendars marking down upcoming cookie sales. >> if there are no both sales nearby, users can enter the contact information and ask to be contacted by their local scout with further details. >> users can share their findings with friends of facebook followers on twitter. >> still ahead explosive devices in
had failed. >>> more than $1 billion may go towards beefing up security at u.s. embassies overseas. it is in response to last year's deadly terror attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. the money would come from surplus funds that are no longer needed in iraq. the senate has approved the plan, which next goes to a vote in the house. >>> meanwhile, president obama signed legislation yesterday extending the federal government's ability to borrow new money. the measure will suspend the nation's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling until the middle of may. that bill also requires members of the house and senate to pass a budget by mid-april or have their pay withheld. >>> well, it didn't take long for the dow to fall under 14,000, which it hit on friday. stocks taking their biggest dive of the year yesterday on worries about european issues. the dow lost 129 points and the nasdaq was down 48. >>> u.s. government is suing credit rating agency standard & poor's. the justice department says the company gave high ratings to risky mortgage bonds and tho
, the credit rating agencies may have to pay the piper. the u. s. government says it will sue -- u.s. government says it will sue standard & poor's for taking on high-risk reddit ratings -- four it's high-risk -- for its high-risk credit ratings in 2007. it is midday in london, 6:0 zero in dhaka, and 5:30 -- 6:00 in dhkaka. the horrific rape in december has been reported about on " gmt." it led to a great deal of soul- searching about how this nation of more than one billion people treats women. at this specially convened, fast-track court, the first of the prosecution's witnesses. he is understood to be the victim's male friend, with her when she was attacked. over the weekend, president pragmatically signed -- president prem at mukherjee -- pranab mukherjee signed a new law. i realize there are lots of reporting restrictions. what do we actually know about the events in court today? >> as you mentioned, only one witness took the stand. he was the key prosecution witness, the male friend of the young woman who was gang raped and then murdered last december. he was brought here in a
. and that is a major outlet for funds expelled by the u.s. navy. >> tom fitzgerald tonight. >>> the national parks service released a himmor addressing the cuts and most of the $2.9 billion budget is for permanent spending like staff salaries, fuel, utilities, rent. national parks would offer fewer services, shorter hours. some areas might be restricted to visitors because of the staffing shortages. >>> the edge on maryland. state lawmakers were up late last night passing too 2 controversial measures. the senate democrats approved the change to sweeping gun control measures and a repeel of the death penalty. a committee voted to ban capitol punishment in the three states. the senators approved an amendment to a gun bill prohibiting anyone who is involuntarily committed to mental health from owning a handgun and includes an assault weapon's ban. both measures are heading to the full senate. >>> a vote may change the way virginia finances highways. a new compromised bill would replace the state's gasoline tax with a 3.5% wholesale tax, including a 6% levee on diesel fuel. stalled increase to 100.3%.
regular mail on saturdays, that's it. at least come august. the head of the u.s. postal service says that will be the new normal starting at the end of the summer. officials tell us the agency is losing $25 million a day. it had to do something. here is what they say it will mean for all of us. you will not get first class mail like letters or birthday cards on saturdays. you will still get packages, priority mail, express mail and medicine. post offices now open on saturdays will be open on saturdays but po boxes will still get regular mail on saturdays. the post master general says his research shows 70% of americans are okay with this. >> the choice is either change some of the service or raise prices. and people don't want prices raised will make the changes in service. >> but the head of the letter carrier's union calls this a disastrous idea that will hurt millions of customers it would be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on saturday delivery for commerce and communication. gerri willis from the fox bus
:00 in new york city, big changes are on the way for the u.s. postal service affecting every american who gets mail. the agency today announced it will stop some of its saturday deliveries as it tries to stem the losses of some 25 million dollars per day, per day. under the new plan set to take effect in august, the postal service will no longer deliver letters and first class mail on saturdays, but it will still deliver packages plus priority mail, express mail, and mail order medicine, everything that makes money. it would not close any branches currently open on the weekends. of course, the cuts in service mean fewer jobs. steve sensteve steve centanni. >> reporter: vermont independent bernie sanders said this will send the post office into a death spiral. white house press secretary jay carney received to prefer a more comprehensive approach to postal reform. >> it would be our preference that that package of reforms be implemented for the sake of a stronger future of the postal service. we're looking at this particular action now and, you know, i can't really evaluate it yet since we
. close to 10:00. she wants to know if this goes against some sort of guidelines or protocol. >> the u.s. census bureau gave us this answer. it surveys americans even during years when there's not a door to door census. representatives for the census are trained to contact respondent when they're most likely to be home which does include evenings and weekends. all of the training doesn't specifically instruct the reps not to call or visit after 9:00 p.m. the telephone centers outbound call system does prevent them from calling respondent after 9:00 unless the respondent specifically requests a call after that time. consumers have a question about the census, they are encouraged to call in 800-354-7271. so basically, they're not supposed to, but they can. if you have questions to consider for ask liz, put it to ask lis@nbcwashington.com. connect with me on twitter. on facebook searching liz crenshaw's consumer watch. coming up at 5:00, what happened to the pre-printed gear made for the team that loses the super bowl. where can you recycle an old vacuum cleaner and what happens behind the
u.s. abroad suspected of being terrorists without due process. this is an out growth of legislation from soon after 9/11 but now there's an outcry from the u.s. capitol hill and elsewhere that the license to kill goes too far. the white house is vigorously defending a justice department memo which says the administration can use drones to attack and kill american citizens working with terrorists. >> these strikes are legal. they're ethical. and they are wise. >> the memo originally obtained by nbc news says killing a u.s. citizen who is a senior operational leader in al qaeda or an associated force is law ulf under three conditions. the suspect is to kill americans. it's not possible to capture him before the attack and it follows law and war principles but some on capitol hill are concerned that the policy violates the constitutional right of american terror suspects to a trial by jury and on tuesday the white house press corps purkedshed obama on the issue. >> this is giving legal justification for killing american citizens without any trial.
to make this country mad? canada has made it clear that it could retaliate against the u.s. do we need to be worried about this? >> that is a great question. they are part of nafta. most of americans do not realize that our number one trading partner is not china, it is canada. i just really do not understand the rationale of not building this. it was the first reason that president obama gave. now, i see no reason, other than kowtowing to the very radical environmentalists and not bringing this to america. dagen: thank you very much. steve moore from the "wall street journal." thanks again. >> thank you, dagen. dagen: let's take a look at the u.s. dollar. trading down versus other major currencies today. agreeing not to target the exchange rates of world currencies. concerns that competitive devaluation could spark a currency war. let's just say, g20 kind of poo-poo'd this. are we not the biggest culprit through the federal reserve of weakening the dollar? >> well, with the federal reserve, their quantitative easing program has been having side effects. i think it is important to reco
congress into putting off billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, cuts he fears will wreck the u.s. economic recovery. basically he wants lawmakers to kick the can down the road one more time. let's go to our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan is joining us. dan, the president made a little bit of a surprise appearance over in the white house briefing room. >> reporter: that's right. very surprising because the president in the past has criticized these short-term deals saying that this is not what the american people sent their elected officials to washington to do. you have this march 1st deadline quickly approaching. while congress is trying to work on a bigger budget, 1 pine point $2 trillion package, the president says they need more time in order to continue tipping away at the problem. the big concern is that everyone believes that the economy is moving in the right direction. the president is pointing to auto sales, the housing, to manufacturing. and so there's this worry that if this see quester happens, if these deep cuts happen then it could be a major set back f
at sigtarp and was also at the u.s. securities and exchange commission who -- and served as counsel to mary schapiro and christopher cox. and investigative financial fraud, insider trading and other violations of securities law. she spent time as a litigator. her jd is from brigham young law school and she went to school here, old dominion university. the special inspector general from tarp and a recent report. treasury continues approving excessive -- excessive pay. on twitter -- is this all hindsight? guest: it is interesting. one of the things we constantly report on is things that should have been done better. you have to respect that a lot of decisions were made with a sense of urgency. but the compensation decisions were not. there was plenty of time to set up a good system for that. and even for the discount -- for the decisions that were made in a rush, it is really important we point out how things could have been done better. let's say we get and the situation where there is another crisis. and treasury and the regulators are running around with a sense of courtesy in an emergency
this morning. "u.s. a today," according to a survey -- two different perspectives on the economy this morning. we are talking about sequestration, march 1 is the deadline for congress and the president to come up with something to avoid sequestration. kevin, an independent scholar, what do you think? democrats want tax increases. caller: i think they should cut the medicaid and medicare. the president has to realize he had senior citizens with fixed income and they depend on medicare and medicaid to help with their medical bills. i agree with the caller from ohio. the economy is tough already. what happens if they did not come into the station on march 1. what happens then? host: margie, a democratic caller. go-ahead. caller: i do not believe in all of the spending we are doing. that scares me because there are so many people that -- >> as far as medicare. we have to do something. caller: we have a problem giving sompeople somethign they don't deserve. host: a director from the cia -- caller: everything our federal government has subsidized, our prices went through the roof. anybody knows you
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